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REACTION: The Crusaders claimed New Zealand’s Super Rugby title with a game to spare, but coach Scott Robertson did not produce his customary post-title breakdance routine.
The Crusaders needed their legendary storming finish to beat the Highlanders 32-22 in Christchurch on Sunday.
Robertson immediately shut down talk of extravagant celebrations, citing the Liverpool experience of winning a championship before the end of the season.
“It’s a celebration with curfews,” he said, as he also refused to perform the trademark breakdance he has produced after previous title wins.
“It doesn’t feel quite right.
“We haven’t finished the job yet.
“There’ll be another time for that.
“We’re very mindful that’s the awkwardness of winning it as we’ve done.
“We understand what Liverpool went through when they took the trophy early,” he said.
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Liverpool was whipped 4-0 by Manchester City in their first game after securing the English Premier League with seven matches remaining, and Robertson warned the Crusaders would not ease up when they face the Blues in the final round next weekend.
“It doesn’t mean anything if we don’t do the job next week,” added veteran lock Sam Whitelock.
The little-fancied Highlanders led for the first 60 minutes against the Crusaders, but could not hold back the red wave as the Crusaders took control in the final quarter – a period which has produced 40 percent of their points in the competition.
“It was a true final,” Robertson said.
“It had everything in it.
“We were on the ropes for a lot of the game.
“And bang, bang, you score two good tries and that was it.”
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Takina Te Kawa.
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